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Mahoning County lawyers plead for judges’ pay raise

agree that it is time for the same % property tax roll back, everything passes as an emergency spending, then shortly afterward, that stays and they need more.
Attorneys for judge get elected, don't like the pay, ,DON'T RUN! The really good lawyers make much more and are not interested. ALL LAWYERS are overpaid, pass the law to lower their pay, then maybe the judge position wouldn't seem so bad!

August 31, 2014 at 9:01 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman township continues effort to get rid of illegal signs

Of all the problems perplexing government controllers these days, one would wonder why this has become a priority all of a sudden. In the amount of time spent investigating an illegal sign and contacting the owner, just remove it and move on,, BUT NO, let's make it an issue and contact the prosecutor's office on these temporary signs. BETTER health of a community could be found a different way to spend taxpayer's dollars.

July 24, 2014 at 8:28 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning commissioners put combined, enlarged CS tax on ballot

When do the government elected officials think enough is enough? Sales tax revenue request, children services request, schools are always broke, we pay more to the state coffers, and NO agency has enough. This child services request is ridiculous: from a $4.5m budget to a $7.3m, because they say they need the money. Of course that is the claim, we all need more money, but living within the budget is a goal and if MUTH cannot do his job then replace him and try that avenue of approach before declaring you need a 62% increase in spending

July 18, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. suggest removal

Casino revenue falls in June

Money, money everywhere, but no one seems to have any! The state's casino revenue fell again the article states, just over $800m received per year, a few short years ago, this revenue did not exist. Even though it is not a direct tax, it is still a government income to be dispersed from the people source to a government controller and everyone at that level says there is no money and need more, EX> Mahoning county government, Needs money for safety forces, but set up DUI check points to the costs of thousands, to catch maybe 1 to 3 DUI that barely break the limit, but could have been spotted if impaired.
Most that have a cell phone call in erratic driving, state and twp. police have time to sit and watch the traffic congestion at 224 & 680 and are going to ticket if you block the intersection, but they are not going to get out of the car and help direct traffic. I think they call that " TO SERVE AND PROTECT".
The only serve part now is to gain more revenue by serving fines to increase local income, which never seems to be enough.

July 8, 2014 at 8:08 a.m. suggest removal

Don’t let people feed the park geese, ODNR warns

HARVEY gave the correct answer to the government response to the possible geese over population when he stated "not enough information has been given to make an intelligent decision" The word intelligent involved would leave the government out!!
Typical for a tax payer bill of $2283 for having the USDA ( another taxpayer based authority) solve a problem that no one on record authorized. NO CONTRACT, NO PAYMENT would be the answer.
Then again, look at the cash influx from the hefty fines the park administration may have as they catch people enjoying the park that they fund.
Wildlife has been around forever, but controllers have turned it into a money endeavor by any means to take from the common taxpayer, easy answer is to eliminate metro parks funding, sounds obvious to me that it seems there is NO communication of their members, and NO ONE really knows what is going on anyway.

July 5, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning commissioners place tax for public safety on ballot

wake up taxpayers, going from $16m to $24 million income from the tax is a 50% increase in revenue. The money is earmarked for the justice system, all that does is release money from the other half percent permanent tax in place so the controllers can once again start unrestricted use of taxpayers money.REMEMBER, this is a SALES TAX, every item over the years that has raised in price, automatically sends more of your money to the tax collector. THEY outspend this increase and need more, always the same, government spending is out of control at all levels, TIME to say enough is enough.

July 3, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. suggest removal

Undercover officers arranged meetings with people believed involved in prostitution

JS , by your statement that the truckers wife mentally scarred him, IS IT THAT YOU KNEW HER ? And the problem was not the prostitution, it was robbery, plain and simple. Police patrolling those areas instead of a motel in upscale areas of Boardman may have helped prevent that crime.

June 24, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. suggest removal

Undercover officers arranged meetings with people believed involved in prostitution

Drugs deals run rampant, Boardman residents shy away from the city of Youngstown borders after dark, traffic backs up for miles everyday because of all of the construction on the major roads through Boardman, but no police are available to help clear congestion. HOTROD super nationals move to SALEM because Boardman police have better things to do with the $40,000 they spend (vindy article) than babysit the public, now we see why. They lure females into a hotel setting to make misdemeanor arrests in a safe zone of BOARDMAN to help alleviate the so called " VICTIMLESS CRIME". The national sting was focused on under-aged girls, but BOARDMAN area enforcement saw a chance to make headlines that they do something.
Great job guys!

June 24, 2014 at 8:43 a.m. suggest removal

Top court will hear appeal of teen's 112-year prison term

which way do you want it? At 15, the juvenile is tried as an adult, because the decision maker government says he did an adult crime, and the female that sent nude photos of herself at 17 is too young to make adult decisions, and the same government is going to make an example.
No wonder anything government is involved with never works,, " there is NO rhyme or reasoning in anything they come up with, it is just an opinion made by a few people and very little incorporation of laws they pass.

April 24, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. suggest removal

Sales tax renewal is critical, county officials say

Renewal is not correct, this is to be a continuous tax, which means the taxpayer forfeit another control to hold the officials accountable. Ditzler stated correctly: THIS TAX is desperately needed to keep county government running WITHOUT IT, We might as well shut it down because we won’t be able to operate -

perfect statement and solution!

April 13, 2014 at 9:22 a.m. suggest removal


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